Monday, April 4, 2011



Grits have been around for a very long time. It is a meal that was first prepared by Native Americans. It is a coarsely ground corn, that is cooked in hot water and usually seasoned with butter, salt & pepper. In the 1960’s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, grits was a very popular dish and often talked about. Today, you will find this food making its presence in upscale restaurants paired with shrimp, grilled chicken and mixed with imported cheeses. 
If you are in a pinch, you can make a batch of grits as appetizers.  Cook some grits according to the package instructions, add shredded cheddar cheese and season them with salt, pepper, butter and a dash of Tabasco sauce. Place a few spoons of grits in small glasses and garnish them with bacon twists.
Bacon twists are a great way to garnish any dish in need of a wow factor.

Make little tubes out of aluminum foil (I wrapped aluminum foil to a pencil) and wrap them with bacon to create a spiral. Pull the pencil out and place bacon on a baking sheet and bake till done. Remove from oven and let them cool off. Carefully, pull the aluminum foil tubes from the bacon twists*, and use immediately or save in a container for later.

*If you twist the aluminum foil tube ends, they will shrink, and the bacon will slide right out.

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